Duck Donuts Franchising Company Announces the Addition of Four New Corporate Team Members

MECHANICSBURG, PENNSYLVANIA (PRWEB) September 30, 2016 - Russ DiGilio, founder and owner of Duck Donuts Franchising Company LLC, announces that four new team members have joined the Duck Donuts family: Betsy Hamm, Caroline McAneney, Zana Khadar, and Christine Weaver are currently working in the corporate office in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania.

“We’re excited about this addition to our company and the talent these four individuals bring to our team,” says DiGilio. “All four positions are new to our corporate structure and were created in response to Duck Donuts’ organic franchise growth. We just signed our 108th store and are establishing roots in new states every week. These women have extensive experience, fresh ideas, and hospitality backgrounds that will positively influence the family-friendly service of our franchising company as we grow.”

Betsy Hamm, Marketing Director, will oversee all aspects of Duck Donuts’ marketing function including social media, local franchisee marketing, and franchisor corporate branding. Hamm joins the team with nearly 15 years of experience at Hersey Entertainment & Resorts. She served on the board of directors for Hershey Harrisburg Regional Visitor’s Bureau and holds an MBA in Business from Shippensburg University.

“After talking to COO Gary McAneney and Russ DiGilio, I fell in love with their startup story and the endless potential the company holds,” says Hamm. “I am very excited to be part of building a successful foundation for the future of Duck Donuts. Marketing donuts? It’s a dream job!”

Caroline McAneney, daughter of COO Gary McAneney, joins the family business in the Training and Operations department. “Since I was 13, I have been raised in the hospitality industry dipping donuts at our store in Kitty Hawk,” says McAneney. “This is so much more than a job; it’s a passion to make sure every new franchise owner understands the foundation Duck Donuts was built on and can experience the brand firsthand, which will help them deliver the high quality donut experience we’re known for.” McAneney graduated from the University of Alabama with a Bachelor of Science in Human Environmental Sciences. She will help implement classroom training and onsite training programs, as well as the creation and development of new training programs.

Zana Khadar and Christine Weaver are both Regional Operations Specialists. Their responsibilities include supporting new and ongoing franchise operations. They will be the go-to resource for stores in their designated regions ensuring that company goals and procedures are achieved and followed.

Zana Khadar joins Duck Donuts as their Mid-Atlantic Regional Operations Specialist. She was previously employed at Molecular NeuroImaging, LLC as their Senior Project Manager and gained valuable hospitality experience as a general manager in the restaurant industry for over eight years. “It’s an exciting time for Duck Donuts as they continue to expand franchise locations, and I’m thrilled to be a part of the corporate team,” says Khadar. “I love traveling throughout the United States and connecting to new and loyal Duck Donuts fans! I’m also excited to make sure the franchise owners have every tool necessary to succeed in their locations.”

“I’m excited to continue my experience in the hospitality industry in my new role as the Southeast Regional Operations Specialist,” says Weaver. “Duck Donuts is a company built on family, and I am thrilled to join their team and grow our donut fanbase in the South.” As a graduate of Shippensburg University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Weaver comes to the company with a background in human resources and hospitality management.

Hamm began in her role in September, McAneney officially joined the team in June, and Weaver and Khadar started in August. Along with the company’s headquarters, the corporate training facility is located in Mechanicsburg at 6230 Carlisle Pike.

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About Duck Donuts

Duck Donuts was founded in 2006 by Russ DiGilio in Duck, North Carolina. His intention? To solve a family vacation problem: “Our family wanted a place to buy warm, delicious, made-to-order donuts!, and when we couldn’t find one, we decided to start our own.”

By 2011, Duck Donuts had expanded to four Outer Banks locations and the donut business was so successful that DiGilio was continuously approached about franchise opportunities and by fans who begged for a Duck Donuts in their communities. The first franchise opened in Williamsburg, VA, in 2013 and there are now 26 open franchise locations.

Duck Donuts store openings are scheduled for:

  • Fayetteville, NC – October 2016
  • Wilmington, NC – October 2016
  • Columbus, OH – October 2016
  • Stafford, VA – October 2016
  • Green Brook, NJ – November 2016
  • Gaithersburg, MD – November 2016
  • Hilton Head, SC – December 2016
  • Jacksonville, NC – December 2016
  • Orlando, FL – December 2016
  • Charleston, SC – December 2016
  • Knoxville, TN – December 2016

The Duck Donuts Experience 

“We discovered that the most powerful marketing advantage we have is the aroma of warm donuts wafting from every store. Our light vanilla cake donut is a little crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside, made fresh right in front of you, hand-dipped in hot icing, and sprinkled with your choice of delicious toppings and drizzles. It’s that simple.”

Children love to stand on the strategically placed step in the waiting area, allowing them to see the entire process, as the donut machine cooks and carries their donuts down the line, where they are dipped, topped, packaged, and served warm in the box. Duck Donuts serves its own signature coffee blends—Riptide Roast, Light House Blend, and Sunset Pier Decaf with new special seasonal flavors changing throughout the year—and offers breakfast options, as well as catering services. Indoor and outdoor seating is available at most locations. For customers who don’t have a Duck Donuts in their neighborhood, or wish to gift a delicious box of Duck Donuts to someone far away, order specialty “Flash Frozen” donuts at
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